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Michaelmas Term Dinner

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Smith & Wollensky
1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT


7.00 for 7.30pm     Lounge suit              £70

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Speaker: Kingsley Aikins, Founder and CEO of The Networking Institute

Kingsley Aikins, a Dubliner, graduated with an honours degree in economics and politics from TCD. He has a post-graduate Diploma in International Marketing and studied and worked extensively in France and Spain. For five years he was the Sydney, Australia based representative of the Irish Trade Board and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Ireland.

He was a founding director of The Australian Ireland Fund and for two years served as Executive Director responsible for the growth of the Fund in Australia and setting up The Ireland Fund of New Zealand.

In January of 1993, Kingsley moved to Boston to take over as Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund. Two years later, he was appointed Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ireland Funds, now active in 13 countries including Ireland. He is a member of the Institutes of Marketing, Export and Linguists. He was also responsible for the successful five-year Hope and History Campaign to raise $100 million. After 21 years he left The Ireland Funds and now runs a consultancy company based in Dublin, Diaspora Matters, which gives advice on diaspora issues to governments, corporates and individuals.

Kingsley represented Trinity College, Irish Universities, Vichy (France) and Leinster in rugby. In 2008, he was awarded a CBE for his work on British-Irish relations. He is married with three children and lives in Dublin.


Hilary Term Dinner

Thursday 28th February 2019

Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, London W1K 4ER

7.00 for 7.30pm     Lounge suit              £70


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Speaker: Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, Drink & Multisales

Mars to the core, Fiona joined the Mars graduate scheme in 1988 straight from Trinity College, Dublin. Apart from a few years at Pepsi, she has spent her working life with the business in roles including European Marketing Vice President, Managing Director and then President of Mars Chocolate UK. Fiona has participated in the Mars Chocolate Global Board and also acted as President of Mars Global Retail.

Fiona now serves as Global President of Mars Food, Drinks, and Multisales and is a member of the Mars Incorporated Leadership Team, overseeing sales in excess of $33bn. Mars Food is the fourth largest segment at Mars Incorporated and is the proud provider of much-loved brands such as Uncle Ben’s, Dolmio and Masterfoods. 

Fiona has a passion for the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship and human rights, especially in the developing world. She is a member of the Women’s Business Council and has served on the Economic Development Advisory Group to the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

Fiona previously served as President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Vice President of the Food and Drink Federation, where she led both the Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing committees, becoming a pivotal member of the UK Responsibility Deal.  In 2013, whilst President of Mars Chocolate UK, she was the first woman to win The Grocer Cup – voted by readers of The Grocer, and awarded to business leaders who have inspired their teams to achieve exceptional results


Trinity Term Dinner

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, London W1K 4ER

7.00 for 7.30pm     Lounge suit              £70

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Speaker: Philip R Lane, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland

Philip Lane is the 11th Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, taking office on 26 November 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was on the academic staff at Trinity College Dublin and he remains affiliated with the university as Whately Professor of Political Economy (on leave). 

Philip has chaired the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and was Director of the International Macroeconomics and Finance Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has also acted as an academic consultant for the European Central Bank, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, OECD, Asian Development Bank and a number of national central banks. In September 2016 he was appointed as chair of the ESRB High-Level Task Force on Safe Assets. In March 2017 he was appointed as Chair of the Advisory Technical Committee (ATC) for a three-year term.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1995 and was Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University (1995-1997) before returning to Dublin. His research interests include financial globalisation, macroeconomics of exchange rates and capital flows, macroeconomic policy design and European monetary integration.

His appointment as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland was made by the President for a statutory seven year term.



Andy Rogers
Club Chairman

Welcome to the Trinity Dining Club London website. You will find much about this enterprising social club, which is for any TCD graduates worldwide.

Its aims are to enable members to meet informally and socially several times a year and in Irish fashion to enjoy pleasant dinners together.

Dinner is followed by a short address by a speaker of distinction, with constructive discussion to follow.

Other aims include keeping members up to date with TCD affairs and encouraging members to be involved with and to make a contribution to Ireland. This includes educational, cultural, economic and political matters.

If you are a graduate of TCD and would like to apply to become a member of the Dining Club, please click here for an application form.

For more information, please contact the club through the Chairman or Hon. Secretary.

Past Guest Speakers



TCD London Dining Club Bicentenary Dinner    18th June 2010

TCD London Dining Club Bicentenary Dinner   UK     21st October 2010


Mary Robinson
Club President

Club Vice Presidents
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